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Our Opinions Are Correct

Explore the meaning of science fiction, and how it's relevant to real-life science and society. Your hosts are Annalee Newitz, a science journalist who writes science fiction, and Charlie Jane Anders, a science fiction writer who is obsessed with science. Every two weeks, we take deep dives into science fiction books, movies, television, and comics that will expand your mind -- and maybe change your life

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Recent Episodes of Our Opinions Are Correct


How Surveillance Dystopias Came True (with Wole Talabi)

How Surveillance Dystopias Came True (with Wole Talabi)

You are being watched. Pop culture used to be full of vivid warnings about Big Brother watching you. What does it mean that we're now under constant surveillance for real? Plus we talk to Wole Talabi about his new story collection Convergence Problems.

Episode 16 May 2024 1h, 5m and 15s


How to turn a story into a deadly weapon

How to turn a story into a deadly weapon

Psyops are used by the military against foreign enemies, but now these dangerous weapons of demoralization and chaos are being used in culture wars between Americans. In this episode, Annalee tells us about their new book Stories Are Weapons, a history of psychological warfare in the U.S. (yes, it includes scifi!) -- and an exploration of the ways people resist psyops and protect their communities from propaganda. Plus we answer questions from you, our beloved listeners!

Episode 151 2 May 2024 53m and 34s


Fascism and Book Bans (with Maggie Tokuda-Hall)

Fascism and Book Bans (with Maggie Tokuda-Hall)

Science fiction has been warning us about fascism for decades — so why haven't we listened? How did Nazis become just another monster in our stories, like werewolves or cyborgs? Plus we talk about the new wave of book censorship with Maggie Tokuda-Hall, co-founder of the new organization Authors Against Book Bans.

Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes

Episode 150 18 April 2024 56m and 59s


The Turing Test is bullsh*t (w/Alex Hanna and Emily M. Bender)

The Turing Test is bullsh*t (w/Alex Hanna and Emily M. Bender)

We're talking about the Turing Test, the grandmother of all tests for AI sentience. Joining us are AI researchers Alex Hanna and Emily M. Bender, hosts of the Mystery AI Hype 3000 podcast. We discuss why the Turing Test is so influential in both fiction and reality – and why it is completely wrong. Later in the episode, we’ll talk about another thing that humans got wrong when it comes to non-human intelligence: dog breeding.

 

Episode 149 4 April 2024 48m and 21s


Queer Horror! (with Dr. Chuck Tingle)

Queer Horror! (with Dr. Chuck Tingle)

It's a scary time for LGBTQIA+ folks — and many of us are turning to horror stories that take our real-life terrors and make them even more monstrous. To find out why, we talk to Dr. Chuck Tingle, the author of Camp Damascus and Bury Your Gays, and we geek out about why queers love to be scared. Also, we talk about horror movie soundtracks — and the 1970s prog rock experiment that changed horror movie music forever.

Shownotes: https://www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes

Episode 148 21 March 2024 50m and 48s


Videogame movies are officially better than comic book movies

Videogame movies are officially better than comic book movies

At last, videogame movies have defeated comic book movies. We learn about why from Evan Narcisse, who writes for comic books and videogames, as well as being a journalist and critic. Then we rant about why so many people are obsessed with psychoanalyzing villains, and are flocking to stories that reveal the innermost traumas of bad guys. Why do we keep humanizing awful people? It's a problem.

Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes

Episode 147 7 March 2024 52m and 36s


Encore Episode: Let's Obsess Over the Politics of Dune!

Encore Episode: Let's Obsess Over the Politics of Dune!

The long-awaited Dune sequel is in theaters now — and it's a huge hit. To celebrate, we're resurfacing one of our favorite episodes from the past. Is Dune a white savior fantasy? A subversive eco-parable? To find out, we talk to Haris Durrani, author of an influential essay about Dune.

Episode 4 March 2024 44m and 33s


We Don't Give a F*ck About Canon

We Don't Give a F*ck About Canon

Science fiction and fantasy fans love to argue about canon — both meanings of the word. Which stories in a fictional universe really "happened"? Which stories deserve to be enshrined as the best of the genre? We don't think either of those things is worth yelling about! Also, did you know that tsunamis can happen in lakes, rivers and even creeks? We talk to Aggeliki Barberopoulou with the USC Tsunami Research Center to learn more...

Episode 146 22 February 2024 45m and 48s


The world's humblest heroes, from plumbers to tardigrades

The world's humblest heroes, from plumbers to tardigrades

Inspired by The Super Mario Bros Movie, we're talking about a humble class of heroes whose lives are devoted to infrastructure maintenance and repair. There are heating engineer rogues and space janitors and, of course, plumbers. Later in the episode we’ll head down to Antarctica, where our guest Ariel Waldman spent her summer vacation studying the environment and the tiny creatures who live there – including tardigrades, the world’s greatest microscopic animals! 

 

Episode 145 8 February 2024 46m and 43s


Encore Episode: The Incredibly Strange Career of Anne Rice

Encore Episode: The Incredibly Strange Career of Anne Rice

Anne Rice is best-known for her Vampire Chronicles, which began in the 1970s with her novel Interview with the Vampire. But did you know she also wrote bestselling BDSM erotica and two novels about Jesus? In this episode, we do a deep dive into Rice's strange career, including that time she unleashed her fans against Tom Cruise. We also discuss the fantastic new Interview with the Vampire series. 

Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes

Episode 25 January 2024 1h, 9m and 24s

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